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Hugh Hefner
Hugh Hefner Glamourcon 2010.jpg
Hefner in November 2010
Hugh Marston Hefner

April 9, 1926(1926-04-09)
Died September 27, 2017(2017-09-27) (aged 91)
Cause of death Cardiac arrest and sepsis complicated by respiratory failure and E. coli infection
Alma mater University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (B.A.)
Occupation Businessman, magazine publisher
Political party Independent
Spouse(s) Mildred Williams
(m. 1949–1959) «start: (1949)–end+1: (1960)»"Marriage: Mildred Williams
to Hugh Hefner

Kimberley Conrad
(m. 1989–2010) «start: (1989)–end+1: (2011)»"Marriage: Kimberley Conrad
to Hugh Hefner

Crystal Harris
(m. 2012–present) «start: (2012-12-31)»"Marriage: Crystal Harris
to Hugh Hefner
Partner(s) Barbi Benton (1969–76)
Brande Roderick (2000–01)
Holly Madison (2001–08)
Bridget Marquardt (2002–09)
Kendra Wilkinson (2004–08)
Children 4, including Christie Hefner

Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was the founder of a popular entertainment magazine called Playboy.

Birth and education

Hefner was born into a Methodist family, to Glenn Hefner, an accountant, and Grace (Swanson) Hefner, a teacher, on April 9, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. He was raised in Woodlawn, Chicago. Hefner served in the US Army (1944 - 1946). He attended the Art Institute of Chicago (1946), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, earning a BA in Psychology (1949), and Northwestern University, 1949.

Hugh Hefner in 1976

Marriages and children

Hefner married Mildred Williams (June 25, 1949 - 1959, divorced); Kimberley Conrad (July 1, 1989 - September 2009, divorced); and Crystal Harris (December 31, 2012 - 2017, his death).

Hefner has several children. With Mildred, he has David Paul (August 30, 1955) and Christie Ann (November 8, 1952). With Kimberley, he has Cooper Bradford (September 4, 1991) and Marston Glenn (April 9, 1990). Hefner was a distant relative of George W. Bush and John Kerry.[1]


Hefner created the Playboy entertainment magazine and owned a multi-million mansion called the Playboy Mansion. He was also the executive producer of Roman Polanski's 1971 movie version of Macbeth.[2] Hefner also appeared in cameos of himself in some movies. He held the first Playboy Jazz Music Festival at Chicago Stadium. In 2013, Hefner announced that his youngest son, Cooper, would succeed him and eventually help run the Playboy Empire.[3]

Hugh Hefner

Hefner supported legalizing same-sex marriage. He said that a fight for gay marriage is "a fight for all our rights". Hefner owned a burial plot next to Marilyn Monroe's grave in Los Angeles.


Hefner died at his home in Beverly Hills, California on September 27, 2017 after suffering from a cardiac arrest and sepsis caused by respiratory failure and an e. coli infection the age of 91.[4]


  1. Roberts, Joel (February 11, 2009). "Bush, Kerry & Hefner: Odd Cousins". CBS. CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 11, 2013.
  2. Macbeth and its Afterlife: Shakespeare Survey 57 Cambridge University Press 2004 Williams, Deanne Mick Jagger Macbeth page 145
  3. "Playboy's Hugh Hefner and son Talk Succession", The Wall Street Journal,!6D8B6BA4-6808-4772-AF48-68D7EF9366E6